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Indie Darling Maria Taylor Releases Overlook

Submitted by on August 16, 2011 – 9:02 amNo Comment

Today we’re highlighting new release Overlook, Saddle Creek veteran act Maria Taylor‘s fourth full-length album and first since returning to her hometown of Birmingham, AL from the bright lights of Los Angeles.

Overlook features Taylor’s own brother, sister and father on various instruments, and the result is a set that sounds more lived in and comfortable in the music as well as the songwriting. Taylor sought to capture the sound of the South on this collection of music (which South that is, we’re still not sure). The most uptempo Taylor gets is on the rock-oriented “Matador”; besides this track she’s (almost frustratingly, at times) at ease, and breezy and minimalist as it gets.

One half of “dream pop” duo Azure Ray and indie rock band Now It’s Overhead, Taylor, 35, created Overlook out of a yearlong songwriting drought and break from Azure Ray. She plays several instruments, including the piano, guitar, and drums, and has collaborated in the past with such artists as Bright Eyes, Moby, Abra Moore, David Barbe and Crooked Fingers.

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